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Cash subsidies for poorest households urgent as inflation reaches 21-month high

January 5, 2021

In the face of soaring prices, joblessness and meager incomes, emergency cash subsidies for the poorest Filipinos and support for small businesses need to be increased substantially. Distribute Bayanihan 2 cash assistance immediately, and a new cash subsidy program to cover several millions of vulnerable citizens should be drawn up.

PH labor market rebounding but not recovering – IBON

December 4, 2020

News | The labor market rebounding as lockdown restrictions are eased should not be mistaken as ‘recovery’. More than people returning to work, the term should mean returning to the same levels of employment as before. Recovery can only happen with substantial economic stimulus with sufficient government financial assistance or subsidies to workers affected by the pandemic.

IBON Midyear 2020 Praymer: Sa Ngalan ng Poder

July 25, 2020

PRAYMER | Sa paraan ng pagharap ng gobyernong Duterte sa COVID-19, tumampok ang maka-dayuhan, maka-negosyo, awtoritaryan at pansariling tunguhin ng rehimen sa gitna ng pinakamalalang krisis na kinakaharap ng bansa.

Duterte administration’s recovery plans help the rich more than the poor

June 5, 2020

government’s supposed recovery plans are more concerned about supporting business profits than helping the mass of unemployed Filipinos. The finance department’s PH-PROGRESO and stimulus bills in Congress give considerable support to businesses while millions of affected families get token support at best.

Official unemployment figures understate historic jobs crisis

June 5, 2020

The unemployment crisis is actually even worse than official figures show. The 20.4 million real unemployed and underemployed today is the worst crisis of mass unemployment in the country’s history.

Jobless figures confirm poor govt response to COVID-19 crisis

June 5, 2020

The country’s record joblessness demands extraordinary measures from the Duterte administration to help tens of millions of families losing incomes. Unfortunately, the response so far has been stingy and the supposed recovery program does not appear to give much more.